Officially founded in 1824 by Andrew Peary and Robert Bain when they obtained a license to run what had been an illicit farm distillery named Milton Distillery which was then changed to miltonduff when the land was purchased by the Duff family..
In 1964 a pair of Lomond stills ( Lomond stills were invented in 1955 by Alastair Cunningham of Hiram Walker, used in batch distillation just like a pot still would be but with the added extra of 3 perforated plates which allows them to be independently cooled just like a Coffey still, this then allows different styles of whisky to be made using just the one still )
These Lomond stills are decommissioned in 1981 and are replaced with 2 more pot stills which brings the total to 6 working stills..
Today the distillery is owned by Chivas Brothers ( Pernod Ricard ) and has the capacity to produce 5.8 million litres of alcohol per year..
Claxton’s are a family run Independent bottler based in Ripon near York. The company is building itself a reputation of selecting some wonderful whiskies which are hand selected and bottled as single casks before being released in a totally natural way, non chill filtered, naturally coloured and at natural cask strength..
Being a relatively young company ( first release was in 2015 ) has not stopped them from becoming one of the go to independent bottlers around Europe and now reaching a global audience for exquisite tasting whiskies and extremely good value bottles..
Claxton’s has now a rather impressive collection of whiskies in its portfolio including some impressive releases from the likes of Glenrothes, Auchentoshan, Springbank and two stunners from Glen Keith and Glen Elgin..
9 year old Miltonduff
Distilled.. July 2008
Age.. 9 years old
Cask.. First Fill Barrel #1842 – 700990
Outturn.. 245 bottles
As mentioned above this is Naturally Coloured, NCF and bottled at cask strength.
Nose.. Vanilla cheesecake leads nicely into a digestive biscuit base and soft spices.. Citrus peels, honey, a touch of coconut and a hint of pineapple give this a very inviting set of aromas.
Palate.. A nice sweetness mixes with soft spices and a relatively fruity back bone..
Finish.. lingering sweetness with a twist of oak..
Thoughts.. A really enjoyable “ breakfast “ dram ( or in simple terms, a whisky that can be drunk anytime and is easy going ) that just slides down the throat in a very easy way..
With thanks to Claxton’s for this official sample..